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Bought a new car? But where will you park it?

india Updated: Jun 25, 2009 01:32 IST
Naresh Kamath
Naresh Kamath
Hindustan Times
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Minimum parking space in Maximum City. Already faced with a crunch for parking slots, it only seems to be getting worse with nearly 500 new cars hitting the city’s streets every day.

In the island city, which has many old buildings the problem is worse than in the suburbs as the ancient structures hardly have any parking space.

Take for example, the 70-year old Sonawala building at Tardeo.

A decade ago, there were barely 50 cars that used to be parked in the compound. Now, the number has gone up to 150, forcing many flat owners to park outside.

“We have no choice,” said Ankur Aras, a photographer who resides in the building.

Those living in the suburbs, however, say they face a similar problem due to the ever growing number of vehicles.

“Nowadays, it’s common for people to buy more than two cars and it is matter of time before we are forced to park on the streets,” said Rupesh Chawla, resident of Prathamesh Society in Dahisar.

Experts too are calling for corrective action.

“Cars parked on streets only cause inconvenience by slowing down traffic. It results in wastage of precious fuel and causes air pollution,” said Bina Balkrishnan, expert in Transportation Planning and Engineering.

Developers have a similar tale of woe to narrate.

“We use an automated system where the cars are hoisted by a lift and put into parking slots,” said Bhupesh Jain, managing director, Vardhaman Builders.

Locals also blame the authorities for turning a blind eye to the problem.

Residents of Anand Nagar in Dahisar had approached the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to allot them a parking lot which could easily accommodate 2,000 vehicles.

Their plea is still pending.

“This parking lot has now turned into a godown and vehicles are parked on the road,” said Rajendraprasad Choube, a Congress corporator who has been fighting for this plot.